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About Houston Parks Board


The Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects, and advocates for parks for everyone.


Thriving parks and communities for everyone forever.

Who we are

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing access to quality parks and greenspace for all people, Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parks for everyone. Since 1976, the organization has utilized public-private partnerships and its extensive philanthropic, government and community relationships to improve parks large and small.

Houston Parks Board is currently leading the transformational $220 million Bayou Greenways 2020 project to create a 150-mile network of connected parks and trails along Houston’s major waterways.

What we do

  • Through Bayou Greenways 2020, we're connecting people all over Houston to parks and greenspace. To learn more about how Houston Parks Board is enhancing Houston's sense of place with BG2020, click here.
  • Community and Neighborhood Projects: Acting as stewards, Houston Parks Board provides technical assistance and fundraising help to the many neighborhood groups that have formed to support neighborhood and community parks. To learn more about our neighborhood partnership program, click here.

How we do it

Since its inception in 1976, Houston Parks Board has raised and leveraged millions of dollars and touched at least 75% of the City’s parkland either through acquisitions and/or capital improvements.

Made up of 35 volunteer Board of Directors and 32 full-time staff members, Houston Parks Board works with city and county partners, other non-profit organizations and numerous community groups in fulfilling our mission.  It seeks donations of land and other assets, manages capital projects, undertakes studies for the benefit of the park system and raises awareness of the need for adequate parks and open spaces for Houston.